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Palmer Taylor, PhD

Palmer Taylor, PhD 

Associate Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Palmer Taylor is associate vice chancellor of UC San Diego Health Sciences and the founding dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, San Diego. He holds the Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology and is both a pharmacist and a respected pharmacologist and pharmaceutical scientist. Dr. Taylor was instrumental in establishing a premier pharmacy school at UC San Diego, recruiting preeminent pharmaceutical sciences faculty and coordinating curriculum that promotes interdisciplinary education and cooperation through shared classes with UCSD School of Medicine students.

He first joined UC San Diego Health Sciences in 1971 and worked his way from assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine to the first chair of the Department of Pharmacology at its inception at the UCSD School of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Taylor has also served as a research associate in pharmacology-toxicology at the Laboratory of Chemical Pharmacology, and held National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowships, which allowed him to study abroad at the Medical Research Council Molecular Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England and at the Max Planck Institut fur Physikalsche Chemie in Germany.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics. He has been a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, and the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Taylor has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences and has been on the editorial board of several academic journals as well as co-editor of the widely used textbooks, Pratt and Taylor’s Principles of Drug Action, and Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. Additionally, Dr. Taylor has received many awards – including the prestigious Julius Axelrod Award and the Torald Sollmann Award – for his research in molecular pharmacology and chemical neurotransmission.

He received his doctoral degree in physical pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin after completing his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. Dr. Taylor is married to Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Susan S. Taylor, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego Department of Pharmacology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.